The Annual Shenandoah River Float Trip
Above: Just one of many pictures that I have taken during my trips on the Shenandoah River.
When the calendar reaches May 1st, I know it is getting close to the biggest trip of the year. May brings the annual Shenandoah River float trip to the forefront and consumes my thoughts for weeks leading up the trip. Between six and eight of my close friends embark on a voyage down the South fork of the Shenandoah River lasting four days and three nights. Each canoe has two people and everything you need must be packed in the canoe because that is all you will have for 30+ miles of river. Throughout this stretch of river, you will encounter some of the most scenic views of any river in the Eastern U.S., challenging whitewater, primitive camping (no campsites), superior fishing, and the ability to go for miles without seeing a single person.
It is definitely something I would recommend, but this trip is not for everybody. If you do not have camping or canoeing experience or have electronic separation anxiety, this is not the trip for you. You have to be able to safely navigate through rapids that could quickly turn your vacation into an episode of, “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”. You must also be prepared for harsh weather conditions. One year, it rained for three straight days. It actually turned out to be one the more enjoyable trips because it truly challenged our canoeing skills, as well as our survival skills.
It is late January and we have already started talking about this year’s trip, which will go from May 23th-26th. I can’t wait for another great float down the Shenandoah!
Here are some links that can get you started on setting up your own trip: